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Black boys in London are nearly three times more likely to be permanently excluded

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An ITV News London investigation has found black boys in the capital are nearly three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than the London average.

According to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, 250 black boys were permanently expelled from Greater London schools in 2014/15.

The Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington described the data as 'very troubling'.

Gilroy Northover, a former student at a pupil referral unit, told us that the issue stems from parenting:

The Department for Education say that all decisions to exclude can be reviewed by the schools’ governing body to ensure that they are “lawful, reasonable and fair”.

Parents who believe that their child has been discriminated against can also take their claim to the county court.

Schools have a clear legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 not to discriminate against pupils with based on characteristics such as disability or race.

– Department for Education